Have you been thinking of giving your home or barn in Southern Ontario a facelift? Exterior painting may just be the solution for you.
Painting is a very inexpensive way to renovate a place and give it a fresh feel. There is no set timeline on how often you should paint your barn or home. Usually, the type of surface will determine how often you repaint.
For example, while wood siding may need repainting every three to seven years, cement fiberboards may go up to fifteen years without needing a fresh coat of paint.
How often you repaint may depend on the weather, the previous paint job, or your own special reasoning.
Here are eight key reasons you should paint your barn or house exterior:
To make your property stand out.
You know your home is great. Painting is an excellent way to give other people a great impression of it too. A dull, paint-chipped house looks old and worn out, but a fresh coat of paint could give it a new lease in life. The same goes for your barn. It may have witnessed many storms, but a new coat of paint will have it looking as good as new. There is some value in first impressions, and a fresh-looking house exterior increases curb appeal.
You have to be careful with the colors you pick, though. Pick a color that blends in with your surroundings and with other houses near you. Just be sure not to pick a color that will clash or be too close in tone with a nearby house. Colors like grey, white, brown, or tans are a safe bet for color choice.
Increase its value
One of the most common bits of advice you will get when you say you want to sell your home is to renovate it. This usually allows you to sell it at a higher price than its current worth, especially in some red-hot markets like Guelph, Hamilton, and Kitchener. What these people don’t tell you is that renovations are an expensive endeavor—cue in painting. One of the cheapest ways to increase your home’s value is to give it a paint job. It makes an old house seem new, increasing the face value of the house. Another win-win situation for you!
Find and repair damage.
The process of painting will help you uncover areas of damage in your home, and even more-so your barn. You will find water damage, rotten wood, mildew, and mold, among other areas of interest when doing a repainting job. This is especially true if you hire a professional exterior house painter to do the home or barn painting for you.
Protect your property from natural elements
While you and your belongings are safe and sound in the comfort of your home, your exterior bears the brunt of natural elements’ effects. By repainting your surfaces, you add a layer of protection from these elements such as rain, hail, and insects. A good paint job could save you thousands in repair costs in the long run.
For example, painting your barn walls will protect the wood from water damage, mold, and mildew. Rotten wood could structurally compromise your barn while a paint job would add years to it.
Your walls and roof aren’t the only surfaces that will benefit from the protection of a new coat of paint. A painted door will bear with the weather changes much better, and you won’t need to replace your windows very often as the paint will protect the window seals. Some paints have been specifically designed to repel insects, so if some pests such as termites and wood ants are common in your area, you can repel them easily and prevent the damage they cause.
Remove marks and stains.
Did your children decide to express themselves artistically on the back wall? Are there stains from barbecue stoves placed too close to the walls? Whatever stains, marks, or damage your walls bear, a fresh coat of paint will hide them, leaving your walls looking much cleaner and newer. Marks and stains are signs of a lived-in home. They shouldn’t embarrass you. A little paint job will have your home looking as good as new.
A form of maintenance
You regularly visit the doctor as a preventative measure. You should treat your house the same way by ensuring it is regularly protected from weather elements and looks good. Please don’t wait until your home looks dilapidated to maintain it. Ask a house painting professional how often the exterior surfaces of your house and barn should be painted and follow their advice. Besides ensuring that your home always appears well-maintained, you will also spot damage before it becomes catastrophic.
Improve ambiance and energy flow
We are visual creatures. A beautiful looking exterior will increase the feeling of positive energy and comfort from your home. Old walls and fading colors give a depressed and disappointing feel, but bright colors and fresh paint will undoubtedly improve the ambiance around your home. Some colors like green, yellow, and orange will increase the feelings of affection and warmth. This will make your home a delight to be in and is also useful in making guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Improve the health of your environment
There are many types of paint, and they are made of various chemicals. Over the years, paint companies are working hard to make environmentally friendly paints. This is why you should consider painting your exteriors (and interiors) with low-VOC or non-VOC paints. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and is a compound in many building materials. It is partially responsible for the new paint smell. These chemicals often let off gases that are harmful to humans and the environment. By painting your exterior with less toxic paints, you reduce the toxins that your family and animals breathe in.
Painting your home is the most inexpensive remodel you can make. You will upgrade the exterior easily, all while saving on the costs of a more substantial remodel. If you hire a professional painting company to paint for you, you could easily increase your resale value, spot areas of damage, and add years to your property’s life.
If you have been thinking of giving your home a new look, repainting is the right place to start. The best thing is you can make it a DIY project, or you can hire a professional exterior painter who will guide you through the best colors and paints while doing it at a fraction of the time it would take you.
Ray Stewart Barn Painting Service
Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada